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Champions Trophy first semis: England Vs South Africa
After Sri Lanka defeated Australia in the last round robin match of the Champions trophy, the two semi finals fixtures have been decided: England and India, the toppers of their respective group will play against South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively in the first and second semi finals.

The first semi final is expected to be a cracker of a match with England as hosts and South Africa as one of the favourites desperate to get rid of the chokers tag to clash at Kennington Oval on June 19.

The home team, England has a decent team with good balance in both the batting department as well as bowling. They have had a good run in the tournament so far with wins against New Zealand and Australia, but suffered a loss against Sri Lanka. It is the bowling unit, which looks terrific with Stuart Broad and James Anderson leading the pack, backed by bowlers such as Bresnan, Swann and Bopara.

With the pitches in England supporting the slow bowlers and with forecast of rain, it is better suited that they use Graeme Swann, their spinner wisely. Swann could use South Africa's inability to play quality spin to their advantage. As for the English batsmen, they have been performing well, especially the top order batsmen such as Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and Alistair Cook. In spite of their consistent score, what the English team has failed is to put up more than 300 runs on the board in any of the matches. Unlike South Africa, they lack quality power hitters down the order.

South Africa only lost their first match of the competition against India but only after giving Indians a run for their money, as they came close to India's total of 331 runs. The South African batsmen have been batting well in the tournament with Hashim Amla, Ingram, DeVilliers scoring runs to put the Proteas in good shape. They have a better finishing power with the likes of Peterson, Du Plessis and David Miller in the middle order.

The South Africans may lack quality spinner, which might be a major drawback, but they have one of the best fast bowlers in the world in the form Dale Steyn, for whom the conditions hardly matter. He is someone who believes in pitching the ball at the right areas with good pace, and he needs to be in top of his game, if South Africa are to contain or bowl out the confident looking English batsmen. Robin Peterson and Duminy will roll their arm over as spinners in the match.

The team, which walks away with the game in the first semis will play the finals of the last champions trophy to be ever played and await for the result of the other semi-finals, where two Asian giants, India and Sri Lanka will clash to reach the finals, to be played at Edgbaston on June 23.

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